As a child in Sunday school I often wondered why God spoke regularly to biblical figures, but I had never heard of anyone living who claimed God had spoken directly to him. The authors have. The book documents many stories of people who have heard God speaking to them, sometimes in clear English, but more often in far more subtle ways. It is clear that the authors mean that God does literally speak to those who are sensitive enough to detect his message through nine ways: our circumstances, other people, history, nature, dreams and visions, emotions, our conscience, and his word (the Bible). They suggest that if we fail to hear him speak, it is likely because we have not yet learned to listen. They provide little guidance, however, for us to distinguish between a genuine communiqué from God and a message originating in our own mind or imagination. The writing style is breezy with many incomplete sentences and paragraphs of fewer than half a dozen words. My high school English teacher would have worn out her red pencil on this manuscript. The authors often use modern jargon, I suppose in an attempt to keep the mood casual. Some readers may be offended at the flippant rewriting of biblical stories and dialog. For example, when Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, the reply in this book "Yeah, you know I'm fond of you" is considerably more casual than any version of the Bible that I'm familiar with. If you're looking for evidence that God truly speaks to people, either now or in biblical times, this book will disappoint. The case histories are merely a recitation of events that can be explained in many different ways. In fact, the authors raise thoughtful questions about the stories with a refreshing lack of dogmatism.Read more ›
These authors have a way of taking real world experience and finding the spiritual message in those experiences. You will love some of the stories they tell that detail how God spoke to a variety of people --- today -- in modern times. This book is entertaining and causes you to pause and think about what God is saying to you.
Nine Ways God Always Speaks: * Offer Only Available In Certain StatesThe subject of this book is absolutely one which should have strong appeal among Christians. So it was with eager anticipation that I began reading. But, alas, within a very few short pages it became apparent that this work is severely juvenile in two respects. First, it is adopts language one would expect from teenagers. The following are but a few choice examples. On page 18 they speak of Mary visiting Elizabeth and tell us that "she starts babbling about how good God is..." The passage they are referring to is found in Luke 1:46f where we read of Mary saying, "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. " (NKJV) I searched half a dozen dictionaries for the word "babbling" and failed to find a single meaning which would line up with Mary's language. I also found their comparison of Mary's words to that of a boy named Mark a bit offensive. (p. 18) Do the words above equate in modern language to a teenager saying, "My feet didn't touch the ground...?" Mary's language was God-centered; Mark's was self-centered--just to point out the obvious. Further, the statements about Jesus and "the twelve buddies he roamed the countryside with..." offends me. (p. 21) Master/Teacher/buddies--is that the way we see the Son of God? And roaming the countryside as in "we have no particular place to go, is that the picture you get from His travels? I think He was deliberate in every move He made. Juvenile in language, however, is a small problem; juvenile thinking destroys the work.Read more ›
Nine Ways God Always Speaks by Mark Herringshaw & Jennifer Schuchmann is a fresh way of looking at the age old topic of how to hear God talking to you. Through many anecdotes and some Scripture, the authors demonstrate many of the ways God speaks to those willing to hear Him: dreams, through others, the Bible, etc. The key part being that the listener is actually listening. God is willing to speak whatever language it takes for us to hear him, but the more we obey and step out in faith, the more we will be able to hear him. If we aren't hearing him, it isn't that he's not talking, it's that we aren't really looking. The stories inside of this book are inspiring and fascinating. Their writing style is very light and breezy, and reading feels like a conversation with a good friend. It will encourage readers to look at the world around them and listen in a whole new way.